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Here are the nine drivers who will compete for the Indy 500 pole

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Should projected rain showers keep to a minimum Sunday afternoon, nine drivers representing five different teams will attempt to qualify for the pole position in the 103rd Running of the Indianapolis 500.

In the Fast Nine Shootout (Sunday, 1:15-2:15 p.m. ET), the top nine drivers from today’s Day 1 of qualifying will have their times wiped away and will run again to set positions 1st-9th – the first three rows on the grid.

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Positions 10-30 were determined today, and the Last Row Shootout (Sunday, 12:15-1:15 p.m. ET) will determine the final three positions of the 33-car field.

Both the Last Row Shootout and Fast Nine Shootout will utilize the same single-car, four-lap average format used today. However, both sessions will only permit one attempt per car.

Here are the nine drivers who will compete in the Fast Nine Shootout, sorted by today’s qualifying times:

  • Spencer Pigot, No. 21 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, 230.083 mph
  • Will Power, No. 12 Team Penske Chevrolet, 230.081 mph
  • Simon Pagenaud, No. 22 Team Penske Chevrolet, 229.854 mph
  • Josef Newgarden, No. 2 Team Penske Chevrolet, 229.749 mph
  • Colton Herta, No. 88 Harding Steinbrenner Racing Honda, 229.478 mph
  • Ed Jones, No. 63 Ed Carpenter Racing/Scuderia Corsa Chevrolet, 229.440 mph
  • Ed Carpenter, No. 20 Ed Carpenter Racing Chevrolet, 229.349 mph
  • Alexander Rossi, No. 27 Andretti Autosport Honda, 229.268 mph
  • Sebastien Bourdais, No. 18 Dale Coyne Racing with Vasser-Sullivan Honda, 228.800 mph

Among this year’s Fast Nine, only Carpenter has won an Indy 500 pole (2013, 2014, 2018). He can become just the fifth driver to earn at least four ‘500’ poles, as well as the first driver to win consecutive ‘500’ poles on two separate occasions.

Day 2 of qualifying for the Indianapolis 500, including the Last Row and Fast Nine Shootouts, air live Sunday on NBC starting at 12:00 p.m. ET.

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Eli Tomac, Ken Roczen finish 1-2 at High Point, tie for points lead

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Time was running off the clock and Eli Tomac was going to give up the overall win to Ken Roczen, until the Colorado native dug deep and made the pass for second in Moto 2 at High Point Raceway at Mount Morris, Penn. Roczen would win his third Moto of the season, but Tomac won the war.

With a third-place finish in Moto 1 and his second in Moto 2, Tomac grabbed the overall victory for the second time this season in Round 4 of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross championship.

For Tomac, it was another difficult start to the race. He tipped his bike over in Moto 1 and fell back to fifth while battling two seconds behind the leader Blake Baggett. Tomac had to battle his way back toward the front again after barely cracking the top five in the first Motos in two of the first three rounds.

Roczen fared even worse in Moto 1. He finished sixth in that race – more than 34 seconds behind the leader Baggett. Determined to make up for his bad start, Roczen charged through the field in Moto 2 and took the lead from Cooper Webb on Lap 9.

“I was just going to charge,” Roczen told NBC Sports after his Moto win. “Do the best I can. I went back to my Colorado (last week) settings because the first race was awful; I couldn’t even ride.”

Tomac entered the round two points behind Roczen and was able to make up only those two points. The battle continues onto Florida next week with a tie for the top spot.

With a 2-5, Jason Anderson grabbed third overall.

Battling back from injury, Anderson faded in the closing laps of Moto 2, but is regaining strength each week.

Webb (third) and Zach Osborne (fourth) rounded out the top five in Moto 2 and finished fourth and fifth respectively overall.

Moto 1 featured a rider searching for his first Moto win in two years. Baggett earned the holeshot and held off an early advantage by Tomac. When Tomac fell, it handed second to Anderson, who finished nearly 10 seconds behind the leader.

“Every time I get out front here, I have that weird sensation of trying to keep it on two wheels,” Baggett said on NBC Sports Gold following his win.

Tomac was not the only rider to go down in Moto 1. Webb lost his pegs on Lap 9 and became the cape to his KTM motorcycle as he flew along holding tight to the handlebars. He recovered in that race to finish seventh.

450 Moto 1 Results
450 Moto 2 Results
450 Overall Results
Points Standings

Adam Cianciarulo remains perfect in the 250 class. Winning Moto 2 in each round so far this season, Cianciarulo has capitalized on his late event surges to sweep Victory Lane in the first four weeks.

It wasn’t an easy run for Cianciarulo, nonetheless. He was only fifth at the end of Lap 1 in Moto 1 and was forced to slice through the field to get to second at the checkers of that race.

“Just coming to the races now – coming to outdoor nationals now – compared to the past, it’s just an entirely different vibe,” Cianciarulo said on NBCSN after the race. “It’s like I’m experiencing it for the first time because for the first time in my whole pro career I believe in myself.

“It’s a process when you hit rock bottom and start coming back.”

Hunter Lawrence stole the show in Moto 1. Earning his first career win handily, he came out in Moto 2 and proved it was not a fluke by finishing third in the race and taking second overall.

“It’s awesome,” Lawrence said on NBC Sports Gold following his Moto 1 victory. “It’s just a Moto win, but it’s a big milestone in our trip and campaign.”

Chase Sexton earned the holeshot in Moto 1, but faded to fourth at the end. Sexton kept Cianciarulo in sight in the back half of Moto 2 to finish second in the race and third overall.

With a 3-4, Dylan Ferrandis finished fourth overall with Colt Nichols (5-5) finishing fifth.

After losing the overall at Thunder Valley amidst controversy, Justin Cooper wanted to make a statement. He barely raised his voice with a sixth in Moto 1 and a ninth in Moto 2 to finish ninth overall.  He lost another 20 points to the points leader as Cianciarulo starts to edge away from the pack. Cooper remains second in the points, but is now 26 back.

Garrett Marchbanks went down hard on Lap 4 of Moto 1 and had the bike land on his head. He did not start Moto 2, but there have been no report of injury yet.

250 Moto 1 Results
250 Moto 2 Results
250 Overall Results
Points Standings

Moto Wins

450MX
[4] Eli Tomac (Hangtown II, Pala I & Pala II, Thunder Valley II)
[3] Ken Roczen (Hangtown I, Thunder Valley I, High Point II)
[1] Blake Baggett (High Point I)

250MX
[4] Adam Cianciarulo (Hangtown II, Pala II, Thunder Valley I, High Point II)
[3] Justin Cooper (Hangtown I, Pala I, Thunder Valley I)
[1] Hunter Lawrence (High Point I)

Next race: WW Ranch Motocross Park, Jacksonville, Fla. June 22

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